"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
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|29 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe||
I think they are in the same class. The trouble is that Beilein seems to be a nice, low key guy, and won't get the limelight like Izzo does. It is also hurts that his rise has occoured along with the B1G, so it doesn't look as dominant. I hope he can keep it up.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||How do the broadcasters do it||
I honsetly wonder if the broadcasters are just that in the bubble, or do they feel a duty to cover up.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Wow 2014||
Where will 2014 take us? This is already mildly insane!
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Insert standard complaint about the end of basketball games||
Insert standard complaint about the end of basketball games
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Hang in there||
We just need to play our game and keep rolling, the pressure is on them.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks to Everyone||
Thanks to everyone for the insightful commentary that has made me a much more informed fan with a more balanced perspective. Thanks for the awesome threads that break up the work day a little. For the live blogs, so I can enjoy the comradarie of my fellow fans when things are going well and the drink suggestions when not.
Thank you to Heiko for asking real, detailed schematic questions at press conferences.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Bigger Issues / Roles to Fill||
I think it is easy to say we would be in a better place for this one game had we taken a QB in 2012. However unless that recruit was a phenom I am doubtful it would have had much effect on the season as a whole. Given the limited number of scholarships and the shifts in personel to fit the new system I think there was an appropriate focus on the more foundational positions like the O-line and D-line, and roles where we needed depth or frankly did not have talent. An extra scholarship spent there would yield a greater return on your investment as they would see more playing time versus a QB riding the pine. QBs are important, and I would not up a 5 star that is interesed, but you don't need to recruit a QB every year, and in 2012 the staff had bigger fish to fry.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Not what I hoped for but passable||
The defense wasn't stellar, but executed reasonably well. Their failures are really the known chinks in our armor. The weak defensive line and the poor safeties. Better personel is part of fixing the problem, but the scheme seemed sound. The other frustrating part for me was poor open field tackling and defenders taking bad angles.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Didn't look like a 5 loss team||
Overall I thought it was a well coached game.
There was execution on offense, and that helped Devin last a little longer.
Some of the personel in the defensive secondary was frustrating, as was the open field tackling of Miller on particular.
Another suggestion I might have is that Hoke needs to politic the officials a little more. They killed a few drives, and arguably cost us the game. Maybe its just random, and what goes around comes around, but I think a little more emotion might get the officials thinking twice.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Fred Jackson||
Why not Fred Jackson, he has done it before and think of the hyperbole he would bring to the press conferences.....
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Need More Pressure||
I feel like Mattison and the rest of the defense have too much respect for our opponents, and that there is too much bend in the bend but don't break defense. College offenses are not that skilled and you can accomplish much more with constant pressure on the QB. Few college QBs are able to pick apart a steady barage of blitzes, but we rarely put them to the test. I feel our DBs are competent enough that I trust them in the one on one battles for a quick pass. You saw what Nebraska's D was able to do constantly blitzing, and M quiclkly settled into a war of attrition. Maybe there are personnel issues, and I know giving up a big play sucks, but I think it would be advantageous for Mattison to put the extra pressure on early to set the tone.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Going Nowhere||
I do not posess the insight or details on specific issues, but am generally feeling like the offense is one dimensional and quickly apprroaching zero dimensional. In the running game I know there are O-line issues, but it feels like we are running up hill. I feel a sense of relief when we are able to get the ball back to the line of scrimage, that is not good. One observation comparing our running with Nebraska was that when M ran up the middle we were taken down in the middle of the pile. Where Abdullah would get taken down while almost exiting the scrum. This yields an extra yard or two per attempt for Nebraska, but begs the question, should M even try up the middle. Toussant is nowhere close to breaking open a big run up the middle, and with those runs yelding less than 2 yards / attempt it is a waste of a down. I feel similar frustration with the outside running game. Nebraska seemed able to pick up a couple yards at will running outside while M would get caught and lose a yard. Things just seem doomed.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Dileo||
I hadn't thought about Dileos absence, but now that you mention it his style of picking apart defensive coverage and being in the right place was really missing. Borges and Gardner do seem a little too keyed in on Funchness and Gallon, once they the aggressive MSU secondary locked them down Gardner was a sitting duck. The O-line didn't help, but we really needed another dimension.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Too Conservative||
Another aspect of the coaching I have begun to notice is a lack of playing to the officiating. I feel like our linemen play very clean, but should be holding a little more testing the waters. The same could be said if the defensive backs. The refs were not calling much today, as often seems the case lately and that benefited MSUs style of play. We played safe and got blown up.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Wondering where this all leads||
I wonder what the long term consequences of the rule are on style of play. I think you could see players putting thmselves in more precarious situations because they think the refs are protecting them or trying to draw a penalty. Defenses will be forced to play more conservatively, not contesting catches and probably more gang tackling or yielding yards after contact in lieu of a big impact. It probably also provides a further advantage to passing spread team allowing receivers additional time to make a catch.
The suspension aspect of the rule seems excessive, especially for a single violation. I understand they want to stop concussions, but my perspective is that they need to focus on both sides of the ball. Many concussions result from offensive players taking dangerous chances, leading with their helmet, etc.
|45 weeks 8 hours ago||31-14 M||
Penn State 14
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Great Game||
Lots of little areas for improvement, and some good experience for the new faces. Looking forward to the UFR to get a full picture.
Gardner was great with his feet, and hopefully a better rhythm will get things more in sync for the passing game. Funchness seemed less dynamic than I was expecting given his matchup, or maybe Borges is just saving it. Norfleet upped my expectations for him. Great to see the freshmen get that much playing time, the future looks bright.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Completely Agree||
I completely agree, you shouldn't gain an advantage by breaking the rules. Let them get the ball, maybe with a fresh shot clock too. If you are down you should have to win the game with real defense. I also think a coach should have his best players on the court when the game is on the line. The current system often makes coaches with a slim lead switch to better free throw shooters at the expense of size and rebounding ability, negating a portion of the advantage that gave them the lead.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Why not one and the ball||
Make the fouls hurt more, you broke the rules, the penalty should hurt. How about when you are in the bonus you get a free throw and the ball, in the doulbe bonus you get two FT and the ball.
For shooting fouls before the bonus you could give the coach the choice of freethrows or the ball. That way you can't force a 17% free throw shooter to the line with hack a Shaq. It also avoids the need to put good free throw shooters in at the end of the game, often creating a size disadvantage, let the best players play and win the game on their merits.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Basketball drives me nuts||
We have to make freethrows. They often decide games come tournament time, and there is no excuse.
Maybe its me trying to engineer a way to justify the loss, but why not make the bonus optional. It seems problematic that a team can be rewarded for commiting a foul. The game should be won or lost playing the game of basketball, not the ticky tac crap that makes the last minute and drags the game out. I'm sure one of the statistics gurus around here could crunch the numbers, but if I'm fouled with 20 seconds left give me the ball back. It is also kind of intereting that had Indiana fouled more in the second half they could have started forcing us to shoot earlier, instead they had to burn a couple to push us into the bonus.
I will keep watching and support the Wolverines into the tournament, but am kind of glad basketball season is almost over so I won't have to watch highly arbitrary officiating and suffer two or three heart attacks in the waining seconds of a game.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Do Conferences Really Matter?||
With all the expansion to superconferences are conference championships going to be relevant? More teams means the conference will be less connected and schedule imbalance may become a major driver behind who plays in the championship game.
I also worry about adding conference games which reduce the number of non-conference contests which further obscures the relative strength of the conferences. In the extreme superconferences may "work" because you have enough teams you realize selecting a unanimous champion is nearly impossible so you may begin to care less about a rigorous selection process. This could reduce the number of conference games allowing teams to build a schedule that helps them build a good resume.